Owning a business brings many rewards, but it also comes with challenges. Although I love what I do and feel fortunate to work with amazing customers, I have always been concerned about the impact my shipping practices have on the environment. I've been using minimal packaging that is either reusable, recyclable, or compostable, but I knew I could do more to align my business practices with my core values of supporting and honoring nature.
Recently, I discovered that Glow Recipe, the company where I purchase my skincare products, is carbon neutral. I was curious to know how they could achieve this when they, like me, ship many small packages. After doing some research, I found out that Shopify, the platform that my business and many other small and medium-sized companies use, has launched Planet-Carbon Neutral. This program calculates the carbon footprint of every order and helps businesses like mine invest in solutions to remove the carbon emissions of shipping.
Unlike other sustainable commerce services, Planet focuses on carbon removal instead of offsetting carbon with forest protection. Shopify has partnered with more than 20 companies specializing in a multi-tiered carbon removal approach, including direct air capture, biomass, mineralization, ocean, transportation, soil, forest, storage, and product. This innovative initiative has helped me reduce my business's carbon footprint significantly.
In addition to this program, we are also part of the One Tree Planted program. One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation. Their mission is to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. They have planted over 40 million trees across 47+ countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific since their inception in 2014. In 2021, they more than doubled their impact from 2020 with 23.5 million trees planted! They plant one tree with every dollar donated, and their vision is to restore forests, create habitats for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.
Although trees cost more than a dollar, One Tree Planted starts with saplings, monitors each, and plants them during rainy seasons to ensure growth and viability. I'm excited to share this program with my customers and encourage them to get involved in restoring the environment by planting trees with One Tree Planted.
With the combination of Planet and One Tree Planted, I feel more confident that Nature Reflections, my business, is positively impacting the environment. These initiatives align with the "Nature" portion of my business's name and my values of supporting and honoring nature. I'm thrilled to be a part of these efforts and hope you are as excited about them as I am.
About Nature Reflections and the Author, Theresa Touhey:
Nature Reflections is a unique online jewelry store specializing in handcrafted Angel Callers and Harmony Ball Jewelry. Our jewelry is designed to help you connect with your inner self and embrace the healing power of color, sound, and symbolism. At Nature Reflections, we believe that our chime jewelry evokes emotions and fosters a sense of connection and well-being.
Theresa Touhey, the owner of Nature Reflections, is an artist, writer, and nature lover. As a grandmother and caregiver to a rescued Havanese dog, Theresa understands the importance of nurturing and protecting those we love. She has practiced various forms of meditation and yoga for over 30 years and recently completed advanced astrology courses.
Theresa's passion for creating meaningful and beautiful jewelry has led her to design exquisite pieces that evoke a sense of harmony, peace, and spiritual connection. Her unique designs and attention to detail make each piece a true work of art. With Nature Reflections, you can own a timeless piece of jewelry with deep meaning and significance.
Visit our website to learn more about Nature Reflections and browse our exquisite collection of handcrafted chime jewelry. We're sure you'll find something that speaks to your heart and helps you connect with your inner self.